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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Stored Procedures, XML, and HTML (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Stored procs for experts


A better title for this book would be "Stored Procedures for Experts." It is that good. If you are already an expert and want to take your game to the next level or want to become a stored proc expert, you need this book.
Each chapter gets progressively more complex and in-depth. Henderson starts off with a primer on stored proc development, then gradually raises the bar until you are up in the clouds.
The best chapters are the xprocs chapter and the design patterns chapter. Each of these is with the price of the book alone.
I also loved the essays at the end of the book, especially the one on the necessity of testing. Henderson writes in a fluid, even style that I think most will find quite engaging.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security Warrior
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cyrus Peikari, Anton Chuvakin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Sleeping Well? This will help that!


If you're one of those people with a sneaking suspicion that running a variety of Linux (or almost any other operating system) out of the box might not be the most secure thing, this book is for you.
It gives the how's of software cracking and network instrusion, and then gives you some practical advice on hardening your system against them.
This book is written with the advanced user in mind, and includes many specific's that will help you better understand the security issues you face.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Tutorial for beginners and intermediate users


This has to be the best Photoshop tutorial I have ever read. I have tried online tutorials and I also invested in the "dummies" version 6 and they all don't compare to this book. The Classrom in the Book tutorials are clear cut and accurate. Easy to read and it looks like these guys paid a lot of thought to how their audience will utilize the book. They really know how to hit the right spot of the readers curiosity. I don't know how others do it, but when I read, I always ask my self some questions; something like what if I do it this way ? etc. For almost every question I ask, the book has an answer Its like someone is right there with you, holding you by the hand. If a book does that to a reader, that's when you know that the writers took time to assemble the book and they understand their audience; something a lot of computer and software books don't do. This is just a masterpiece and I hope they come up with an advanced version.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best introduction to Perl


Absolutely the best way to get started in Perl. Written in a conversational tone.